Finding Nemo 3-D, and Why 3-D Filmmaking Is Not the Future
The problem is that 3-D is rarely used effectively, employed rather as a cheap gimmick to sell more tickets. The greatest use of 3-D in mainstream filmmaking is something I begrudgingly credit to James Cameron, whose use of it in Avatar to give a gorgeous and layered depth to his fantasy world was simply stunning. In this film, Cameron ensured that the technology enhanced the experience while not being overbearing to the rest of the film. It truly added to the viewing.
One of the other exceptional qualities of Avatar (a film that I don't necessarily love, but from which I can't hold back due credit) is its breathtaking color palette. But that mixture of bright and subtle hues was completely lost in the 3-D experience, due to the form's overall dim look. Cameron himself has stated that a lack of brightness is the biggest challenge 3-D filmmaking faces. I'd rather see a vivid, flat image than a multi-dimensional one that's rather dark and dull.
But Cameron, a big proponent of 3-D, has also jumped on the re-release bandwagon. This year, he brought out his insufferable love story-turned-disaster flick, Titanic, for the 3-D treatment. And he's not alone -- George Lucas is dragging out the Star Wars franchise, one by one, with made-in-post 3-D effects.